By Mark Kim
The Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) is proud to announce Tami Nguyen as the third recipient of the Al Young Sports Journalist Scholarship. She is the first woman to receive this scholarship.
“I know the judges all worked very diligently during this process and am very happy that AAJA’s Sports Task Force can assist Tami in pursuing her career goals and also honoring the pioneer in the industry that Al Young is,” said Howard Chen, the chair of AAJA’s Sports Task Force.
Nguyen, a senior at Boston University, started college as a computer science major. But through a control room internship with TD Garden, the home of the Boston Celtics and Boston Bruins, she found her passion for journalism.
Along with her duties with TD Garden, Nguyen also works for BUTV10, the campus TV station of Boston University, and freelances as a photographer.
“Her talents behind the camera and work ethic, along with her academic success during four years as a Film and Television major at BU, have proven to be top notch,” said Young. “I’m delighted that this award will help move her one step closer to achieving her goal of a sports journalism career.”
Nguyen’s goal is to stay in Boston and work in live sports coverage. While she joined AAJA in her high school years, she plans on increasing her involvement with the AAJA Sports Task Force.
“[Getting this scholarship] was really reassuring because I kind of fell into sports and it’s the best thing ever,” said Nguyen.
The Al Young Scholarship is dedicated to Al Young, one of the first Asian American sports writers to work for a metro daily. Young worked for publications such as USA Today and the Boston Globe before retiring in 2012.